Saravana Bhavan' founder Rajagopal surrenders to serve life term in murder case


CHENNAI: Founder of popular South Indian food chain 'Saravana Bhavan', P Rajagopal surrendered before a sessions court here on Tuesday to serve a life term in a murder case.


Fourth Additional Sessions Judge G Thanendran accepted the surrender applications of Rajagopal and another convict, Janardhanan, after recording their statements and sent them to custody.

Earlier, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N V Ramana dismissed Rajagopal's plea seeking more time to surrender.

According to the police report, they were taken to a government medical college hospital here and admitted to the convict ward as per the doctors' advice.

Rajagopal, who had moved the apex court citing health reasons, was brought to the premises of the session’s court in an ambulance and Janardhanan was brought in another ambulance.

The counsel for the convicts argued that both of them suffered from serious ailments and it would not be possible to bring them to the court located on the third floor.

The defence counsel submitted that Rajagopal has 30 per cent blindness and was paralysed for the past few months.

However, the public prosecutor insisted that the duo needed to be brought to the court for their surrender petitions to be accepted.

After hearing the arguments, the judge said both can be brought to court using the elevator and directed their production before him for accepting their surrender petitions.

Rajagopal was to surrender on July 7 to serve life imprisonment in the murder case of Prince Shantakumar in 2001.

The motive for the murder was to marry Shantakumar's wife Jeevajothi, who was the daughter of a former employee in his hotel.

Rajagopal's appeal against the Madras High Court order upholding the trial court's judgment convicting him was rejected by the apex court in March this year.


With inputs from PTI

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